John Gould

14 September 1804 – 3 February 1881

John Gould's bird illustrations

John Gould was an English Ornithologist and one of the world’s most noted figures in bird illustration. 

Often he was referred to as the ‘father of bird study in Australia’, because the English ornithologist created several esteemed collections of bird illustrations over his long career. He was the most prolific artist and publisher of ornithological subjects of all time. 

In nineteenth century Europe Gould’s name was as well known as Audubon’s was in North America. But unlike Audubon, whose life’s work focused on one region, Gould traveled widely and employed other artists to help create his lavish hand-colored lithographic folios. 

Nearly 3,000 lithographs were created during the span of his long career. He painted birds from the Himalaya Mountains, Australia, Asia, Great Britain, New Guinea, and many more. Gould‘s publications cosist of more than 40 volumes. 

Heritage Prints has a master copy of many images

Heritage Prints has a master copy of many images. But we do not have every certified facsimile giclee print in stock. 

If you cannot find a specific work on our website, please contact us directly and we will start the rigorous process of printing your individual facsimile.